Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 39

Heart of Steel (1)

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Nov 16, 1992 on FOX
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Episode Summary

High-tech secrets are stolen from Wayne Enterprises and Commissioner Gordon is replaced by a robot look-alike.

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  • Dull, Terminator rip-off.

    I just didn't feel this episode.

    I guessed the plot from early on and honestly, I've come to expect more from this show. The whole episode was a let down and the fact it was a two parter really annoys me. There have been so many other episodes that could have used a double episode format rather then just the one twenty minute.

    I also found the animation for the walking suit case unfinished.

    The plotting was loose and slightly confusing and not in a good way.

    it just doesn't need the glorification of a parter let alone a stand alone one.

    Disappointing in a lot of ways.moreless
  • A supercomputer obsessed with human error tries to take over all of humanity. Underappreaciated episode way... Heart of Steel was erie, mysterious, and kept me guessing.

    You need to watch this episode. Nothing compares. Heart of Steel was one of the best B:TAS episodes. The shading was excellent along with the plot. This episode is the creme de la creme of Batman and only had one follow up episode after part two. HARDAC could've returned later in TNBA, but they passed that opporitunity up. Overall, Heart of Steel had it going on. In my eyes, this episode topped Heart of Ice.moreless
William Sanderson

William Sanderson

Karl Rossum

Guest Star

Leslie Easterbrook

Leslie Easterbrook

Randa Duane

Guest Star

Brock Peters

Brock Peters

Lucius Fox

Recurring Role

Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Barbara Gordon

Recurring Role

Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode is episode 10 on the Batman: The Animated Series Volume 2 DVD.

    • The license plate on Randa Duane's auto-driving car is "RUR", another nod to the Capek play.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Barbara Gordon.

    • HARDAC is an acronym for "Holographic Analytical Reciprocating Digital Computer."

    • William Sanderson (Karl Rossum) also played the role of sympathetic android worker J.F. Sebastian in the SF classic Blade Runner.

    • The name of the character "Karl Rossum" is almost certainly a nod to "Rossum's Universal Robots", the 1921 Karl Capek play that gave us the word "robot". Robot comes from the Czech word 'robota', which originally referred to time spend working without remuneration on a nobleman's fields -- peasants were required to do this work.


    • Cybertron:

      While Cybertron is a company in Batman TAS, Cybertron is a planet to robots called Autobots and Decepticons (among other names) in the Transformers series. Ironically, this episode also has something to do with robots.

    • Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

      The front of the HARDAC computer is clearly influenced by the HAL computer of Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey (i.e., menacing, red-eye panel and a calm, stoic voice).